Agenda Item No. 4


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Senior Management Appointment Committee: 23 August 2016


Report of the Director of Environment and Housing


Recruitment and Selection Arrangements for the Head of Housing and Building Services


Purpose of the Report

To set out the recruitment and selection arrangements for the post of Head of Housing and Building Services.


  1. To approve the recruitment and selection arrangements for the above post and all relevant documentation as set out in this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To ensure the appointment is in accordance with the Council's Constitution.


  1. The requirement to appoint to this position is due to the resignation of the current post holder who left the Council on the 5th August 2016.
  2. Alternatives to a straight forward recruitment exercise have been considered such as collaborative working with other Councils, however this was not considered a feasible option.
  3. It is therefore important to commence arrangements for a successor to the position to ensure service continuity.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. On the basis of the above it is proposed to advertise the post in September with final interviews in December.
  2. A copy of the job description and person specification is attached for the approval of committee (Appendix A and B respectively).
  3. Appointment to the post will be on Chief Officer's terms and conditions of service.
  4. Copies of the draft adverts are contained in Appendix C. It is proposed to place with Inside Housing, Wales Online and on the Council's website. An outline recruitment schedule is attached as Appendix D.
  5. The Senior Management Appointments Committee will need to reconvene to approve long listing on the 27th September, then again on the 18th October to confirm the final short list of interview. By which time an assessment centre and Officer interviews will be conducted and the outcomes fed back. The suggested date for final interview is 2nd November 2016.
  6. It is suggested that the above dates are considered at the meeting of this Committee on the 23rd August 2016.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The cost of the external advert is £7,500

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. There are not sustainability or climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no direct legal implications resulting from this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications resulting from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. The recruitment process will reflect best equal opportunities practice.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Successful appointment to the position of Head of Housing and Building Services will have a major impact on the delivery of Council's corporate and service objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. The decision of the Senior Management Appointment Committee will be referred for information to the Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The recognised Trade Unions have been consulted on these proposals.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. N/A

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing

Tel 02920 673101

Officers Consulted

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing